Marion Eskelsen Dunn
14 November 1925 ~ 16 August 2016
Viewings: 19 August 2016 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah and 9:30-10:30 A.M. prior to the services at the Brigham City Fifth Ward, 815 West 400 South, Brigham City, Utah
Funeral Services: 20 August 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brigham City Fifth Ward, 815 West 400 South, Brigham City, Utah
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
Our loving mother, grandma, and grandma-great, Marion Eskelsen Dunn, passed away peacefully at Country Lane Assisted Living Center in Brigham City, Utah, on 16 August 2016, surrounded by three generations of her descendants. Marion was born in Brigham City, Utah, on 14 November 1925, to Ruel Marion Eskelsen and Elizabeth (Bessie) Morrison, the third of seven children. Marion attended school in Brigham City, Utah; San Luis Obisbo, California; and Logan, Utah; graduating from Logan High School in 1943. Marion was a talented tap dancer; she performed elaborate numbers during high school and college, winning several awards. Marion continued her education at Utah State University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She completed her Bachelor of Science (BS) in 1961 in Elementary Education. Marion and Leslie Smith Dunn, Jr, met and started dating at Logan High School. They were married on June 6, 1945 in the Logan LDS temple while Les was on a 3-day pass from his duties with the US Army Air Corps. They were married for 69 years. Les preceded Marion in death in February 2015. Marion loved working with children and her first teaching job was at Central School Brigham City where she taught first grade. After a few years, she transferred to Bunderson Elementary School in Brigham City and continued working as a first grade teacher until her retirement. Teaching was a joy for Marion and she loved those first graders. She loved putting on programs, teaching the children to sing, dance, do math, science, and made sure no child ever left “Room 2” without being able to read proficiently. Marion enjoyed the association with her colleagues and administration and made several dear friends while working as an educator. In California when her children were young, she worked as a bank teller, but no other job gave her the joy she experienced with teaching. After twenty-five years as a first grade teacher, Marion retired in 1987. Marion and her husband, Les, served an LDS mission in the Independence/Omaha Mission from 1992 through 1993. They labored in Nebraska City, Auburn, Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding areas. They made lasting friendships and enjoyed the company of other senior missionaries for over twenty years. She was always active and involved with community affairs in and around Brigham City. She served in many capacities with the Brigham City Civic Improvement Club and was president and past-president; she was the principal fund raiser earning all the money to restore the historic log cabin at the park on Forest Street; president and past-president of the American Legion Auxiliary; on the Golden Spike Board; president and past-president of the DUP; Co-Chair of the Red Cross Drive; Co-Chair of the Golden Spike Ball; Phi Beta Kappa, Utah State University Alumni Council, where she also served as president; Special Olympics; International Olympiad; American Field Service; and principal fund raiser for L. J. Sylvester to compete in the Japan Olympics; among others. Marion loved serving her family and her community. Three distinguished awards she received included Brigham City’s Mother of the Year, Utah state finalist for Mother of the Year, Brigham City’s Club Woman of the Year, and Utah’s Club Woman of the Year. She devoted her life in service and taught her children at a young age the importance of serving family, community, and country. She was an amazing example to her family and all those dear friends with whom she associated. She is survived by her sons, Ruel Michael [Kitty], Steven E, Robert Gary [Jana], Ronald Leslie [Marcie], daughter, Debra Jean [Dane Allred], her brothers Quinn and Richard [Pat], brothers-in-law, Richard Cannon and Melvin Staheli, sisters-in-law, Rae [Ralph Harding] and Ann [Gary Bingham], thirteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and thirteen step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son David Paul, brother R.M., sisters Annora [Vaughn Gordon], Elizabeth [Perry E. Peters] and Karen Cannon, grandsons Steven Jonathan Dunn, David Leslie Dunn, and Nathan Gary Dunn, and daughters-in-law Allison Anne Gates Dunn and Kim Duncan Dunn. A celebration of her life will be held on 20 August 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brigham City Fifth Ward, 815 West 400 South, Brigham City, Utah. Viewings will be held on 19 August 2016 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah and 9:30-10:30 A.M. prior to the services at the Brigham City Fifth Ward. Interment will be held at the Brigham City Cemetery, 300 East 300 South, following the services.
It's so hard to let you go, Aunt Marion. You and Les were such good friends to my family as I was growing up. Your visits were much anticipated and were always such fun. I am sure there is much rejoicing on the other side of the veil as you greet your dear husband, family, and your many friends. Your example will continue to inspire us all until we meet again. Love,
Scott and Diane Gordon
Much love to you from the Bird family. We are so sorry for your loss.